Friday, January 28, 2005

Delwyn Young Report

Delwyn Young, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Drafted 121st Overall (4th Rd), 2002 Draft, Santa Barbara City College
Bats B/Throws R
22 YO, 5'10", 180 lbs

Not to be confused with Delmon Young. Delwyn is one of the better middle infield prospects in baseball. His bat is his best feature, as he's a career .301/.374/.522 hitter in 1153 at bats. That total includes the .281/.364/.511 line he put up with Vero Beach in 2004. He has power, some speed, and improving plate discipline. This season, he hit 36 doubles and 22 home runs with 57 walks. Although he does draw a healthy number of walks, he is still a free swinger, who will chase some pitches out of the zone. He strikes out a lot because of this, with 134 whiffs in '04, and 281 in his career. He needs to work on this, as more advanced pitchers are likely to exploit this weakness.

His speed is another mixed bag. While his speed impresses scouts, he doesn't have much to show for it yet. He's only stolen 20 bases, and has been caught 8 times. This season he stole 11 bases in 15 attempts.

His defense is also an open question as some think that he's better suited to be a center fielder. That move may end up happening, but it would be a waste to rush that kind of move. Young would be much more valuable as a Jeff Kent style offensive second baseman than as a middle of the road center fielder.

ETA: 2007
4 Stars

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